Memorial Created By
Marina Rakhlin

Serge Rakhlin

August 05, 1943 - January 21, 2022

We created a GatheringUs memorial to celebrate the life of Serge Rakhlin. Collecting your stories and memories here will offer us great comfort. Click on the heart to let us know you were here and to receive email updates. Thank you for contributing to this lasting memorial.

On January 21 2022, at the age of 78, our beloved father Sergei Rakhlin passed away. After a year of fighting cancer like a true warrior, he took his final breath peacefully at home surrounded by his family. Words cannot express our loss and our world will never be the same again. He was truly a one of a kind human being who always put others first without expecting anything in return. His humble, generous and joyous spirit uplifted...  see more
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  • Marlene von Arx
  • Deborah Kolar
    Sergei was a passionate supporter of international film. I remember fondly our discussions in Karlovy Vary at the film festival and his loyal attendance at screenings of independent films over the years. He loved to discover new filmmakers and...  more
  • Rui Coimbra
    Oh, dearest Sergei. I am still in shock. Still processing it. We joined the HFPA like some sort of Twinship. Buddies till the end, with so many Thank Yous going his way, Family. Sergei Dear was a Mentor and walking Dictionary. Fun, kind, a diplomat who...  more
  • Noel de Souza
    He was a charming gentleman with a wealth of knowledge both politically and super knowledgeable about film. I will miss his interaction with me. He will be greatly missed.
  • Olena Nicholas
    Sergei always had a story to tell, especially he loved telling humorous stories. I could listen to him for hours, never got bored. Kind smile for a friend, love and care for his family - you will be greatly missed. Milochka, my thoughts and prayers are...  more
  • Olena Nicholas
  • Nicolette Aizenberg
    Sergei was the kindest man. I would light up every time I got to see him and give him a heavily accented "privet" along with a hug. He will be so missed by so many. My deepest condolences to you all.
  • Noemia Young
    Such a kind and gentle soul. I enjoyed listening to his childhood stories in Russia. I considered him a friend. I regret that in the past two years, we lost contact. I did not know that he was ill. It was a shock to hear of his passing. Can't...  more
  • Luca Celada
    Here is Serge introducing Kantemir Balagov's "Beanpole" to audiences at the Egyptian in 2019. The series was dear to his heart. Rest in Please Serge.
  • Lilly Lui
    Serge was one of the kindest man I have known at the HFPA, he was a very dedicated man; besides working at the Foreign Film Committee, he was also a Board member, Executive Secretary and Financial Controller for many years and he's fun to be around!...  more
  • Yukiko Nakajima
    Serge was one of the kindest & generous hearted men I know. His knowledge of the Russian history always amazed me.
    With tears in my eyes. Yuki
  • Armando Gallo
    Sergei looked very sick on the last couple of zoom meetings. I refused to accept the fact that he was dying. We talked about his favorite subject: foreign movies, especially Italian movies. He was a big fan of Paolo Sorrentino, but we did not have time...  more
  • Lynn Tso
    • Lynn Tso
      Lynn Tso I'm shocked and sadden by Serge's passing. His love and enthusiasm for films and story telling made him a force to be reckoned with, and his smile and kindness will always stay with us. Rest In Peace, Serge.
  • David Castro
    Serge was one of the kindest people I have met in L.A. I will miss his stories. He was so knowledgeable. Serge always had a smile on his face and he always stopped to ask me how I was doing. You are missed, Serge.
  • Elisa Leonelli
    from the HFPA Archives, with love
  • Aniko Navai
  • Emil Draitser
    Sergei was my friend and confidant for over forty years. He meant much in my life, and I intend to dedicate my forthcoming book devoted to my life in America (a book project at the moment) to his memory. Good people may stop breathing but they never die...
  • Janet Nepales
  • Lara Prokopenko
  • Marina Rakhlin
    Талантливый кинокритик и журналист, он до последнего был верен своему делу.
  • Marina Rakhlin
    Сергей был красноречивым оратором, его всегда было приятно слушать. Ниже его интервью для Санкт-Петербургского государственного института кино и телевидения.
  • Angela Panico
    He was one of the kindest people I met in my career path, I will keep his memory. Angela (Tiziana Rocca Ass.)
  • Angela Panico
  • Tiziana Rocca
    Dear Serge,

    We will miss you so much, you have been a wonderful person and we will never forget you.

    Tiziana Rocca
  • Marina Rakhlin
    In Memoriam: Sergei Rakhlin, HFPA Member: